Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Bendy Bikes II

According to Cell Bikes, their Cell Compact model is...

The most compact and lightest geared folding bike Cell carries, features a tough alloy frame and 6 speeds for efficient and easy riding.

Features:
  • Alloy Frame
  • fold up dimension:35cmx83cmx63cm. easy put into any boot.
  • Strong Double-wall Rims
  • Shimano Gear System 6 speeds
  • only 10kg

"Bendy Bikes" tend to be expensive, so a 10kg alloy folder isn't going to be cheap, right? Surprisingly, wrong! The Cell Compact, while not a race horse, is a very cheap AU$349.00

Without having a test ride I can only say that, while the price is good value, it would have to come at the cost of basic group set and an overall cheap build quality. The straight fork looks like speed wobbles waiting to happen, too, but I'll reserve judgement until I can get a ride.

Still, for a second bike, for quick and dirty family rides without racks, or for an airline traveller to save on public transport while on holidays (one bike plus one backpack ;-). the Compact looks like it might fit in anybody's stable of steeds. It's also got quite sturdy looking rear rack braze-ons.

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